If you’re new to the art, you’re probably wondering how to choose the best smoker. There are a lot of options out there and if you don’t have a lot of experience, it can get kind of confusing. That’s why we researched the top-selling, best-rated products out there and put together this list of the top smokers for beginners. Before we get into our product reviews, let’s take a look at some of the key features to keep in mind.
Racks: This is how many separate racks there are for smoking. The designs vary from one smoker to the next but some of the racks are permanent and others are removable. The number we gave you includes all of them.
Digital Controls: Digital controls are really nice and easy to use but they’re not completely necessary for successful smoking. Some people love the simplicity of them while others like learning more hands-on methods of temperature control. It’s totally up to you!
Type: There are 2 different types of smokers, gas and electric. Electric smokers are pretty straightforward. Most can be plugged into any standard outlet. Gas smokers are usually set up for propane but it is sometimes possible to convert them to natural gas.
Weight: Weight is something you should take into consideration if you’re planning to move your smoker between uses. Our picks range weight from 23 to 90 pounds so you have a lot of options to choose from.
Size: Size is particularly important if you don’t have a lot of outdoor space. The good news is most of these designs have small footprints so you can still smoke a lot of meat as long as you have enough vertical space.
Warranty: Warranties are always important but with products like this, you should really pay attention to the fine print. All of these products are covered but the length of the coverage varies from 90 days to 3 years.
Now that you know a little more about what to look for in a smoker, let’s move into our reviews. If you’re in a hurry, check out our top and budget picks first. That’s the best way to get an idea of the range that’s available. They’re right at the top of the list so they’re really easy to find. Stick around a little longer if you can. All of these products are awesome and you never know which one will work for you. Okay, let’s get to it.